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Dec 16, 2022

A startup is building an in-space manufacturing platform that could attach to Starship

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

“This platform can be for manufacturing, human habitation, military applications, and whatnot.”

In-space manufacturing will form a massive part of the future of space exploration as it massively reduces the cost of launching otherwise fully-built structures to orbit and beyond.

Not only that, one of its co-founders says it could be compatible with SpaceX’s in-development fully reusable Starship rocket, which could eventually take humans to Mars.

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Dec 16, 2022

NASA rocket launch that may be visible from N.J., N.Y. and Pa. is rescheduled

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect a schedule change for the launch.

A rocket scheduled to lift off in Virginia — that could be visible above at least a portion of New Jersey — has been rescheduled.

Rocket Lab USA’s first Electron rocket’s launch has now been moved, and will not happen earlier than Sunday, Dec. 18, officials announced Thursday night. A specific date and time was not announced.

Dec 16, 2022

Watch this incredible video of a SpaceX rocket test

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SpaceX has offered its most dramatic view yet of a space vehicle’s engine test, placing a camera directly above the blast.

Dec 16, 2022

Toughest material ever is an alloy of chromium, cobalt and nickel

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

An alloy made of almost equal amounts of chromium, cobalt and nickel resists fracturing even at incredibly cold temperatures, which could make it useful for building spacecraft.

Dec 15, 2022

Purposeful Passengers Hitch a Ride on NASA’s Artemis I Mission

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The Orion spacecraft will host a trio of astronaut-like payloads that will help NASA learn how best to protect real astronauts during future crewed Artemis missions to the Moon.

Dec 15, 2022

Biogel armour can stop a supersonic projectile in its tracks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

A gel made of a protein found in human cells can capture particles travelling at supersonic speeds without destroying them on impact, suggesting the material could be used in body armour or for collecting space debris.

Dec 15, 2022

Astronaut selection 2021–22 FAQs

Posted by in categories: business, space travel

The mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big science questions about the Universe.

We are a community of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment.

This page addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about becoming an ESA astronaut. If your question is not answered below, it may be answered in the Astronaut Applicant Handbook or vacancy notices.

Dec 15, 2022

SpaceX is set to shatter decades-old double launch record Friday. The weather looks great

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If everything goes to plan, double SpaceX Falcon 9 launches are set to liftoff just minutes apart between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.

Dec 14, 2022

Watch a space habitat prototype for Orbital Reef explode into pieces in dramatic video

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

Orbital Reef is one of NASA’s in-development successors for the ISS.

Sierra Space, the company developing a new space station called Orbital Reef alongside Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, just blew up a small prototype for an inflatable astronaut habitat, a recent press statement (Dec .13) reveals.

The company conducted what it calls the “ultimate burst pressure test” (UBP) as part of the development of Orbital Reef, which is one of several privately-developed successors to the International Space Station that have been funded by NASA.

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Dec 13, 2022

The Halo Drive

Posted by in categories: cosmology, media & arts, nuclear energy, physics, space travel

How could we one day travel between the stars with real physics? Perhaps the greatest challenge to interstellar flight is energetics — it takes vast amounts of energy to accelerate even small ships to 20% the speed of light. But what if we could steal that energy from where? Perhaps even a black hole. Enter the “halo drive”, a video by Prof David Kipping based on his new peer-reviewed research paper on the subject.

This video is based on research conducted at the Cool Worlds Lab at Columbia University, New York. You can now support our research program directly here:

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